US Open and Decoturf Extend Contract
September 4, 2009
FLUSHING, N.Y. — The USTA announced today that DecoTurf, the most recognized tennis court surface in the world, will extend its thirty-one year contract with the US Open and remain the “Surface of the US Open” through December 2014. DecoTurf has been the surface of the US Open, the world’s highest-attended annual sporting event, since 1978 and represents one of DecoTurf’s strongest associations with the sport.
DecoTurf’s partnership with the US Open has included the multi-layer cushioned tennis surface that is constructed among all 34 outdoor courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, including Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world’s largest tennis stadium. DecoTurf also covers the 12 indoor courts in the new 245,000-square-foot USTA Indoor Training Center, which opened in November 2008. The surface is also constructed on courts that host the Olympus US Open Series leading up to the US Open.
“We are thrilled to extend our contract with DecoTurf for six years,” said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer, USTA. “The US Open and DecoTurf are a natural partnership, providing the most recognized tennis court surface at one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments.”
“DecoTurf is proud and honored to continue our relationship at the US Open,” said John Graham, Managing Director of DecoTurf. ”We are very pleased with the partnership we have forged with the USTA over more than 30 years, and look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality playing surface for the premier Grand Slam Tournament.”
The 2009 US Open will be held Monday, August 31 through Sunday, September 13. The tournament will be broadcast by CBS, ESPN and Tennis Channel.